- Back Everton to Place in the Top 4 at 4.50 with Ladbrokes.
- Back Manchester United to Place in the Top 4 at 1.28 with Karamba.
It should be an intriguing tussle for the top four spots in the Premier League, while Everton will be looking to land a place in the top six.
There has often been a contradiction when it comes to Premier League teams achieving a top four spot come the end of the season.
That’s because the teams that previously landed outside of the Champions League places don’t have that competition to serve as a distraction, with Chelsea famously landing the Premier League title under Antonio Conte while not having any European distractions.
One thing appears certain in the eyes of the best bookmakers. Manchester City are nailed to claim a top four spot, with odds of just 1.05 available about Pep Guardiola’s side who could yet claim the Premier League title at another canter.
The strength in depth that City have is staggering, with Bernard Mendy returning from injury and Riyad Mahrez having been captured for £60 million, while the defence will contain impressive World Cup performers like Kyle Walker, John Stones and Vincent Kompany.
Manchester United came in for plenty of criticism last season due to employing negative tactics in several games, although the Red Devils did land second spot in the Premier League, something that Jose Mourinho was keen to point out.
You can back United at 1.28 with Karamba to land a top four spot this term, although Liverpool are regarded as slightly likelier Champions League qualifiers with their quote of 1.17 and Jurgen Klopp finally has the squad depth that could see the Reds challenge hard for the Premier League title.
Six into four doesn’t go, with Arsenal regarded as unlikely top four material despite the arrival of Unai Emery, a manager that has previously won Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain. He also punched above his weight at Sevilla and odds of 3.00 about a Champions League qualifying berth stand out.
Chelsea or Tottenham?
The bookies find it harder to split Chelsea and Tottenham, two strong London outfits who go about their business in different ways, although Maurizio Sarri has the tougher assignment at Stamford Bridge. That will be especially the case if Eden Hazard finally leaves after years of suggesting as much.
Spurs are also a shade of odds-on for a top four spot, something they managed last season and Mauricio Pochettino will be optimistic that his World Cup stars can continue their exciting adventure in a brand new stadium.
All of these six clubs are big odds-on to finish in the top six this season, although Everton supporters might be interested in Ladbrokes’ 4.50 about the Toffees upsetting the old order thanks to the arrival of Marco Silva and some inevitable squad strengthening.